Job Description

Job Title:                       Associate Director of Pharmacy

Reports To:                   Director of Pharmacy

Job Summary:                     Associate Director of Pharmacy plans, organizes, evaluates, and manages pharmacy operations ensuring accurate medication distribution services and interdepartmental collaboration of pharmaceutical care. Develops and implements the pharmacy department strategic plan to support the mission of the organization. Serves as a resource to CCHCI providers, staff, and patients to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and affordable medication(s) possible.



Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The job duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Other duties that fall within the broad scope of this classification may be assigned.

  • Ensures compliance to all rules, regulations and statutes as indicated by HRSA, Arizona Board of Pharmacy, 340B Statute, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in the coordination of the pharmacy with outside agencies to assure compliance with all state and federal rules, regulations and laws governing pharmacy activities
  • Supervise and direct pharmacy staff in the matters of daily operations, ensuring the highest level of quality and effective workflow throughout the department, promoting excellence in internal and external customer service
  • Maintain consistent communication regarding all facets of department activities
  • Assist in the coordination and integration of pharmacy practices with other departments
  • Oversee the storage of all prescription drugs and controlled substances inside the pharmacy
  • Oversee inventory of medications and implements procedures for loss prevention controls
  • Oversee safe disposal of infectious and/or hazardous wastes
  • Facilitates pharmacy-related committees and meetings with CCHCI leadership meetings as needed
  • Ensure safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapy for patients
  • Develop policies, procedures, and workflows that promote safe cost-effective medication use maximizing use of 340B discounts throughout the organization
  • Ensure accountability and integrity of medications dispensed and administered to patients
  • Ensure adequate control and documentation of controlled substances
  • Maintain appropriate staffing levels that match workload and promote patient safety.
  • Select and manage qualified personnel
  • Recruit, interview, promote, discipline, and terminate pharmacy staff
  • Develop job descriptions and performance standards
  • Evaluate and counsel staff on their performance
  • Conducts regular department staff meetings and continuous quality improvement meetings
  • Completes monthly reports and assures logs and time sheets are completed and signed in a timely manner
  • Collects and tracks data for program adherence and to meet reporting requirements
  • Participates in leadership meetings
  • Serves as a resource for the community to facilitate professional working relationships with other health care organizations
  • Develop and implement strategic plan for department and organizational growth
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a continuous quality improvement plan for pharmacy
  • Participate in all committees and functions as required by the organization
  • Establish productive relationships of trust with all employees
  • Problem-solves with providers and staff to seek the most appropriate and most affordable medication(s) to meet patient needs
  • Provides standard of practice in pharmaceutical care by the checking of prescriptions, complete, effective patient counseling and education regarding medications and their use.
  • Assists patients in solving problems, such as identifying old medications or finding over-the-counter solutions
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Identifies and discusses potential or actual drug interactions or other incompatibility issues with providers and other clinical staff.
  • Respond to requests for assistance from colleagues at Chiricahua Community Health Centers in a positive, helpful manner
  • Performs other duties as needed


Minimum Qualifications - Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • Master's degree in Pharmacy required.
  • Minimum of three years pharmacy experience.
  • Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the necessary combination of skills and sensitivity.
  • Licensed in the State of Arizona to practice as Pharmacist.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) preferred.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working as a pharmacist required; five years or more preferred.
  • Experience working at a Federally Qualified Health Center pharmacy preferred.
  • Experience working with the 340b Drug Pricing Program preferred.
  • Supervisory or other leadership experience preferred.


Required Language Skills:

  • Ability to comprehend and compose instructions, correspondence, and communications in English in both oral and written format.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients, internal providers and staff and other agency staff working in cooperation with the organization.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to occasionally exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
  • Ability to continuously remain in a stationary position.
  • Ability to constantly move about inside the workplace to assist patients, operate office equipment, etc.
  • Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone and other office machinery, and grasp and seize small objects such as medication tablets and containers.
  • Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents, as well as accurately identify and distinguish colors.
  • Ability to perceive the size, shape, temperature and/or texture of objects by touch.
  • Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume.


Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform medical math that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, etc.
  • Ability to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Ability to skillfully gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments and make decisions requiring considerable independent judgment.
  • Displays high level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Displays sound and accurate judgment and ability to make timely decisions.
  • Knowledge of health plans and community health centers preferred.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and Corporate Compliance rules and regulations.
  • Computer literacy required with proficiency in use of all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to build effective teams.


Work Environment & Conditions:

  • Work environment is typical of a health care facility setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work includes occasional driving in normal and adverse weather conditions.
  • Occasionally, work requires extended hours to include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Work requires ability to be contacted by cell phone during or outside of regular work hours.